South Florida is a Great Place to Live Right Now!

South Florida real estateThe news from the South Florida real estate market has been exceptionally positive lately.

One recent article noted that the area’s economy has been improving quite noticeably lately, emerging from the global recession stronger than before.

Today, I’m going to tell you about how our local economy is showing gains lately.

The Economy is Rebounding in South Florida

First, let’s start with the real estate market. According to the recent article I was reading, the housing market is hot once more, with home demand and home prices on the rise.

Meanwhile, condo developers are revving up activity once more.

The Miami Herald article also noted that the hospitality and tourism business is improving, with activity steadily increasing since 2010.

As of 2012, record numbers of visitors had stayed in area hotels. And experts believe that this year’s numbers are going to surpass even that!

The local economy is also seeing diversification, with Miami increasingly becoming a technology and healthcare hub.

Meanwhile, the area is also seeing a lot of key development, such as the recent Miami International Airport expansion and the Port of Miami tunnel development.

Other key developments that have been in the news recently include the Verizon NAP of the Americas in downtown Miami, the proposed new Miami Beach Convention Center and more!

Miami is also becoming well known for being a place to come as an entrepreneur.

For instance, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor U.S. Report showed that Miami is 30 percent more entrepreneurial than the rest of the country.

Relocating to South Florida

As you can see, there are many different reasons to want to live in South Florida, from its diversified local jobs market to its thriving real estate market.

If you’re interested in making South Florida your permanent home, please contact me, Scott Patterson, today.

I’ll be more than happy to assist you by offering you valuable advice as well as such useful home-buying resources as:

Until next time,

Scott

 

Foreclosure Numbers Down on the South Florida Real Estate Market

Over the last couple of years, South Florida has gained a reputation for its many foreclosed homes.  But recent data suggests that that reputation is becoming increasingly inaccurate.

Foreclosures in South Florida dropped by more than 50 percent during the first quarter of 2011 when compared with that same period in 2010.

The greatest drop in foreclosures was seen in Broward County.

Statewide, foreclosures rates dropped by 32 percent year-over-year in the first quarter.

South Florida Real Estate

There have been steep and steady decreases in  foreclosure filings in South Florida since last fall, suggesting that the real estate market is recovering.

Here’s an overview of each of the three South Florida Counties:

  • In Broward County, foreclosures in the first quarter of 2011 dropped by 68 percent year-over-year, to 6,876 foreclosures.
  • In Miami-Dade County, foreclosures in the first quarter of 2011 dropped by 64 percent year-over-year, to 7,257 foreclosures.
  • In Palm Beach County, foreclosures in the first quarter of 2011 dropped by 57 percent year-over-year, to 4,734 foreclosures.

Investing in South Florida Real Estate

While it’s true that foreclosures are not viewed as a positive thing by interested South Florida home sellers, they can be a great opportunity for South Florida home buyers.

After all, South Florida foreclosures drive down home prices, which creates a South Florida home buyer’s market.

There truly are some great deals to be found on the South Florida real estate market right now.

But as foreclosures continue to decrease, home prices are expected to begin to rise again as we are already seeing in the market today.  Especially in many waterfront communities.

Thus, if you’re thinking about entering the South Florida real estate market as a South Florida home buyer, now is a great time to do so!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, today and I’ll let you know about available listings in the area as well as answer any questions you might have.

I’ll also provide you with a number of helpful South Florida home buying resources, including:

Until next time,

Scott